You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
If you have that itch to venture into the world of job-hunting start by scratching it lightly.
Quiet your mind. Set your intention. Listen to your inner voice. What are you trying to achieve? Change of job function, change of industry, faster pace, slower pace, more challenge, increased salary, better commute?
Write your resume. Walk away for a few days and write it again. Then show it to someone and have him or her explain to you what you do. Is the content a true depiction of your role? Are you plugging in the right words? If you’re trying to move away from particular tasks, play them down, or better yet don’t even put them on your resume.
Talk to people outside of your work circle. Its okay to vent and brainstorm with colleagues but you gain a whole different perspective talking it through with someone whose not connected to your job or your company.
Do a Pro and Con list. I know it sounds like old advice but it really works!
Look at yourself from the outside in. What do you see? Are you someone who has moved up the proverbial career ladder or have you been more unconventional and taken some risks, changed your direction to accomplish something different. What does your career mean to you? What is your definition of success? What do you want your life to look like?
Be mindful. Ask the questions. Then quiet your mind and set your intention. Need a coach? A resume writer? We know some of the best. Just ask.